Movies like Borstal Boy

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Borstal Boy
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, Ireland
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Based on Irish poet Brendan Behan's experiences in a reform school in 1942. A 16 year-old Irish republican terrorist arrives on the ferry at Liverpool and is arrested for possession of explosives. He is imprisoned in a Borstal in East Anglia, where he is forced to live with his would-be enemies, an experience that profoundly changes his life.
Style: disturbing, serious, touching, realistic, gloomy, based on memoir
Plot: coming of age, innocence lost, teenage love, school, teenage life, boarding school, society, youth, friendship, gay, politics, clergy, boarding school life, kids in trouble, life is a bitch, love and romance, power relations, ira, reform, amateur theater, house painter, reformatory, irish republican army, british flag, shackles ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: england, europe, ireland

Most similar movies to Borstal Boy

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, touching and sincere films with plots about coming of age, youth, love and romance, friendship, kiss, gay and sex mostly in Drama, Romance and Biography genres. Some movies like Borstal Boy: You Are Not Alone (1978), Full Speed (1996), Flirting (1991), Fit (2010), North Sea Texas (2011). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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You Are Not Alone
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Denmark
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Young teenager Bo (Anders Agensø) is too sensitive for the hothouse atmosphere of a boarding school run by a cold, unfeeling would-be man of the cloth (an uncharacteristically grim Ove Sprogøe). Lonely and scared, he finds a soul mate in the ...
Style: touching, serious, realistic, sentimental, sexual
Plot: coming of age, school, friendship, gays and lesbians, romance, parents and children, teenage life, friends, love and romance, youth, young lovers, boarding school life ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: europe, denmark
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System:   95%
    User:   98%
 
 6.3
 759
Full Speed
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France
Duration: 85 min.
Story: A brief extract of four kids' lives somewhere in France. Quentin, who won a writers contest and now pays more attention to his career as an author than to his friends, beautiful Julie, his girl-friend, much more mature than she looks, falling ...
Style: serious, gloomy, realistic, sincere, sexual
Plot: coming out, coming of age, best friends, gays and lesbians, romance, friendship, sexual relations, singleness, teenage love, racism, tragic love, unfulfilled love ...
Time: 90s
Place: europe, france, paris france, new york, algeria
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   83%
    User:   76%
 
 7.3
 5K
Flirting
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Australia
Duration: 99 min.
Story: The year is 1965 and Danny Embling, is an awkward, underdeveloped teen suffering from occasional bouts of stuttering, attends an all-male boarding school in New South Wales, Australia. it has been some time since Danny has had any romantic ...
Style: realistic, serious, sentimental, touching, romantic ...
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: boarding school, coming of age, school, romance, love, friendship, adolescence, bullying, teenager, male nudity, sex, social misfits ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s, year 1965
Place: australia, uganda, africa, kenya, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   78%
    User:   74%
 
 6.3
 433
Fit
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Takes a look at gay and straight love among the new millennials. Everything from secret crushes to homophobic attitudes are revealed by the rambunctious students taking Drama and Dance from Loris. None of the teens are what they seem at first ...
Style: serious, emotional, realistic, sincere, touching ...
Plot: gays and lesbians, coming of age, coming out, high school, teenage life, gender, youth, dedicated educator, teachers and students, teenage love, power relations, support group ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   71%
    User:   68%
 
North Sea Texas
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Belgium
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Pim lives in a run-down house in a dead-end street somewhere on the Flanders coast, together with his mother Yvette Bulteel. Life here smells of cold French fries, cheap cigarettes, vermouth and stale beer. Mother Yvette uses her friend Etienne, ...
Style: serious, sentimental, realistic, touching, sincere
Plot: coming of age, teenage life, gay, village, first love, unfulfillment, youth, single parent, gays and lesbians, innocence lost, obsession, parents and children ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: belgium, europe, flanders, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   69%
    User:   67%
 
 7.1
 12K
XXY
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Argentina, Spain, France
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Alex, an intersexed 15-year-old, is living as a girl, but she and her family begin to wonder whether she's emotionally a boy when another teenager's sexual advances bring the issue to a head. As Alex faces a final decision regarding her ...
Style: serious, sincere, realistic, touching, disturbing ...
Plot: coming of age, youth, transsexual, gays and lesbians, village, small town, innocence lost, sexual abuse, parents and children, suburbs, sexual relations, family in crisis ...
Time: contemporary
Place: argentina, latin america, uruguay, south america
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   68%
    User:   63%
 
The Run of the Country
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Ireland, USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: An Irish lad (Matt Keeslar) who fled from his oppressive, widowed father (Albert Finney) falls for a girl (Victoria Smurfit) from an affluent family.
Style: gloomy, serious, realistic, sentimental, emotional ...
Plot: coming of age, romance, death, irish, single parent, teenager, innocence lost, pornography, relationships, weapons, village, parents and children ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: ireland, europe, tokyo, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   66%
    User:   55%
 
 7.7
 13K
Maurice
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 140 min.
Story: In 1909, Maurice Hall (James Wilby) enters Cambridge, where he befriends wealthy Clive Durham (Hugh Grant). Clive confesses he is sexually attracted to Maurice, who realizes he is a homosexual when he begins to return Clive's feelings. The two ...
Style: touching, serious, clever, realistic, romantic ...
Plot: gay, coming of age, romance, british, homosexuality, male nudity, period piece, friendship, drinking, love story, love, literature ...
Time: 19th century, 1910s, victorian, 20th century, 1900s ...
Place: england, europe, campus, london, greece ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   65%
    User:   77%
 
Blue Citrus Hearts
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: A first love could quite possibly be the last for Sam, a Memphis teenager coming to terms with the romantic feelings he harbors for his best friend, Julian. Will the love he feels for this boy guide him through his struggles with his abusive father, ...
Style: serious, atmospheric, realistic, gloomy, sentimental ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: best friends, buddies, romance, high school, gays and lesbians, coming of age, suburbs, innocence lost, sexual abuse, coming out, teachers and students, teenage love ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: memphis, tennessee
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   65%
    User:   70%
 
 5.7
 132
Domain
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France, Austria
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Nadia (Béatrice Dalle) is in her 30s and begins a serious relationship with a teen named Pierre (Isaïe Sultan).
Style: gloomy, serious, realistic, sincere, atmospheric ...
Plot: gays and lesbians, social misfits, coming of age, innocence lost, self discovery, addiction, alcohol abuse, gender, life is a bitch, youth, family relations, teenage love ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   64%
    User:   66%
 
The Life of Jesus
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Twenty-something Freddy is becalmed in a podunk French village where the only sign of life is the local amateur brass band and youth aimlessly roaming around the countryside on scooters. He has an intense sexual connection with his girlfriend but ...
Style: serious, bleak, realistic, disturbing
Plot: immigrants, down on your luck, racism, unemployment, teenage life, working class, epilepsy, aids, dull life, society, youth, coming of age ...
Time: 90s
Place: europe, france, flanders
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   64%
    User:   69%
 
The Heart of Me
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, Germany
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Drama set in 1930s London with two sisters, Madeleine married to Rickie, and Dinah, who falls in love with him. Rickie and Dinah begin an affair which is to have repercussions throughout all their lives.
Style: serious, gloomy, realistic, emotional, sentimental ...
Plot: infidelity, romance, love affair, love triangle, parents and children, haunted by the past, fall in love, dishonesty, love and romance, society, pregnancy, unfulfillment ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 40s, 1930s, 1940s
Place: england, europe, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   62%
    User:   68%
 
The Member of the Wedding
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: In the last days leading up to her older brother's marriage, a young girl is forced to face realities and grow up quickly. A tender adaptation of Carson McCullers' classic play.
Style: serious, emotional, realistic, gloomy, touching
Plot: coming of age, small town, family life, romance, youth, family relations, innocence lost, nanny, runaway, wedding, human nature, small town life ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: georgia
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   59%
    User:   50%
 
Outside Providence
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: In this coming-of-age comedy, Tim Dunphy is leading a go-nowhere existence, spending his days smoking pot and hanging out with his best friend, Drugs Delaney. But Tim's lazy days of getting high are jettisoned after a brush with the law ...
Style: humorous, touching, semi serious, funny, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: coming of age, boarding school, high school, romance, teenager, working class, weed, drugs, drinking, father son relationship, friendship, parents and children ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: rhode island, connecticut, usa, campus, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
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    User:   55%
 
Dust in the Wind
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Taiwan
Duration: 109 min.
Story: A-yuan and A-yun are both from the small mining town of Jio-fen. In the city, A-yuan is an apprentice by day and goes to night school, and A-yun works as a helper at a tailors. Everyone thinks they are meant for each other, so do they. They fail to ...
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, gloomy, rough ...
Plot: coming of age, innocence lost, teenage love, urban, working class, life is a bitch, love and romance, society, youth, city life, love affair, parents and children ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: asia, taiwan, china
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   54%
    User:   57%
 
Love in Thoughts
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Germany
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A posthumous look at the last days of Guenther's life as he, his best friend, and his sister let loose on a four-day binge of alcohol, drugs, and sex.
Style: serious, sexual, realistic, stylized, rough ...
Plot: love triangle, friendship, poet, romance, artists and showbiz, friends, crimes, student, pistol, suicide, lake, love and romance ...
Time: 20s, 20th century, 1920s, pre world war two, post world war one
Place: europe, germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   53%
    User:   59%
 
 6.6
 31K
Dawson's Creek
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Dawson's Creek is an American teen drama television series created by Kevin Williamson which debuted on January 20, 1998, on The WB and was produced by Sony Pictures Television. Filmed in Wilmington, North Carolina, at EUE/Screen Gems studios ...
Style: serious, emotional, realistic, captivating, touching
Audience: girls' night, teens, teen drama, date night
Plot: verbal byplay, best friends, friendship, romance, love triangle, small town, suburbs, teenage love, high school life, small town life, coming of age, suburban life ...
Time: contemporary, 90s, 20th century, 21st century, 1990s ...
Place: massachusetts, usa, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   52%
    User:   50%
 
 6.7
 5K
Come Undone
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France, Belgium
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Story of two gorgeous, young French boys who begin a passionate relationship that boils over and threatens to destroy both their lives. Shy Mathieu is 18-years-old and on summer vacation in the south of France. He spends his days lazily sunning ...
Style: sexual, emotional, serious, sentimental, reflective ...
Plot: gay, depression, coming of age, romance, male nudity, dysfunctional family, suicide attempt, hospital, innocence lost, loneliness, relationships, pornography ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: europe, france, frankfurt germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   52%
    User:   42%
 
 6.1
 3K
Dream Boy
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: The story of Nathan, a young teenager who tries to flourish in a romantic relationship with neighbour Roy. The two young men will have to face the brutal reality of the rural south of the United States in the late 1970s.
Style: serious, sincere, realistic, touching, atmospheric ...
Plot: small town, coming of age, dysfunctional family, gays and lesbians, introspection, gay, romance, gender, youth, social misfits, self discovery, teenage love ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: louisiana, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   52%
    User:   61%
 
 7.4
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To Our Loves
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A portrait of youth in bloom; a tale of one family's dissolution; a reflection upon the danger and the mystery in living. Sandrine Bonnaire plays Suzanne, a free spirit and the vessel for an almost Brontëan choler. She's 16, and men ...
Style: serious, gloomy, sexual, realistic, psychological
Plot: self discovery, coming of age, looking for sex, teenage life, infidelity, love and romance, society, youth, couples, family problems, family relations, love ...
Time: 80s
Place: europe, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   49%
    User:   47%
 
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A headstrong young teacher in a private school in 1930s Edinburgh ignores the curriculum and influences her impressionable 12 year old charges with her over-romanticized world view.
Style: talky, sentimental, realistic, humorous, semi serious ...
Plot: school, fascism, boarding school, teacher, innocence lost, coming of age, adolescence, dedicated educator, mentor, women, runaway, against the rules ...
Time: 1930s, 20s, 30s, 20th century
Place: scotland, europe, new jersey, spain, california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   47%
    User:   54%
 
The Merchant of Venice
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Italy, Luxembourg, UK
Duration: 131 min.
Story: In 16th century Venice, when a merchant must default on a large loan from an abused Jewish moneylender for a friend with romantic ambitions, the bitterly vengeful creditor demands a gruesome payment instead.
Style: clever, tense, serious, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: shakespeare, vengeance, prejudice, jewish, courtroom, revenge, uninhibited rivalry, jews, betrayal, adaptation, greed, tragedy ...
Time: 16th century, 1930s, 18th century, renaissance
Place: venice, europe, england, italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   47%
    User:   54%
 
 6.1
 206
Moondance
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Germany, Ireland, UK
Duration: 92 min.
Story: The close relationship between two fun-loving brothers comes under threat when a beautiful, sensitive girl arrives on the scene. As the younger brother comes of age, the inevitable jealousy, confusion, rivalry and lust place their brotherly love in ...
Style: serious, sexual, realistic, touching, emotional ...
Plot: young lovers, love triangle, countryside, romance, siblings relations, teenage love, family business, teenage life, coming of age, family life, betrayal, friendship ...
Time: 90s
Place: ireland, germany, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   46%
    User:   46%
 
 7.1
 9K
Priest
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Father Greg Pilkington is torn between his call as a conservative Catholic priest and his secret life as a homosexual with a gay lover, frowned upon by the Church. Upon hearing the confession of a young girl of her incestuous father, Greg enters an ...
Style: touching, serious, realistic, disturbing, sexual ...
Plot: gay, sexual abuse, incest, catholicism, homosexuality, religion, guilt, male nudity, gays and lesbians, sex, conservative, relationships ...
Time: 90s
Place: england, europe, iraq, liverpool
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   46%
    User:   48%
 
Therese and Isabelle
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Netherlands, France, West Germany, USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Two young girls experience awakening sexuality in the heated atmosphere of a Swiss girls' boarding school.
Style: serious, sentimental, realistic, erotic, sincere ...
Plot: coming of age, best friends, school, gays and lesbians, romance, boarding school, young lovers, friendship, sexual relations, teenage love, unfulfilled love, boarding school life ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: europe, switzerland
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   45%
    User:   40%
 
Another Country
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Set in the 1930s, Guy Bennett and Tommy Judd are friends because they are both outsiders in their own ways. Bennett is openly gay, Judd is a Marxist. It explores his homosexuality and exposure to Marxism, while examining the hypocrisy and snobbery ...
Style: sincere, serious, realistic, touching
Plot: coming of age, romance, gender, boarding school, love and romance, gay, society, politics, youth, couples, gays and lesbians, golden years ...
Time: 80s, 1930s, year 1983
Place: england, europe, russia, britain, moscow russia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   45%
    User:   36%
 
The Good Humor Man
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: A mischievous high school sophomore faces a conflict of conscience vs. character when his best friend becomes linked to the death of a youth from another clique in suburban Middle America circa '76.
Style: serious, realistic, touching, atmospheric, emotional
Audience: teens
Plot: high school, teenage love, rock, coming of age, high school life, teenage life, suburbs, love and romance, youth, social relations, friends, buddies ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   44%
    User:   41%
 
 6.5
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Glue
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Argentina, UK
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A teenage summer in a small town in the desert, a dysfunctional family, a rock band, a can full of glue, two boys, one girl, loads of tongue kisses, dry heat, wind in Patagonia, existential angst... A teenage story in the middle of nowhere.
Style: semi serious, touching, realistic
Plot: desert, coming of age, best friends, buddies, gays and lesbians, small town, innocence lost, suburbs, looking for sex, glue, parents and children, teenage love ...
Time: contemporary
Place: argentina, latin america, patagonia
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   43%
    User:   36%
 
Degrassi: The Next Generation
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Canada
Duration: 30 min.
Story: The life of a group of adolescents going through the trials and tribulations of teendom at Degrassi Community School.
Style: serious, realistic, sentimental, sincere, gloomy ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: high school, friendship, school, parents and children, teachers and students, adolescence vs adulthood, teenage love, suburbs, high school life, teenager, suburban life, teenage life ...
Time: contemporary
Place: canada, toronto ontario canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   43%
    User:   45%
 
The Line of Beauty
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 59 min.
Story: Nick Guest comes to London to live with his college friend's family, the Feddens. A short stay becomes permanent, and Nick positions himself in the family's plentiful lives of parties and politics during the Thatcher years. Over the course ...
Style: serious, emotional, realistic, touching
Plot: family life, romance, gays and lesbians, writer's life, crumbling marriage, self discovery, couple relations, coming out, infidelity, terminal illness, love affair, working class ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: england, europe, london, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   41%
    User:   40%
 
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